'Crime and Punishment': National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Wednesday received some clothes and a copy of "Crime and Punishment," but not a way out of the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, The New York Times reports. "He plans to study Russia's culture," said Antatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer assisting Snowden with his asylum request. "He wanted to see Russia and what we talked about with him today, I gave him books."
NSA Proposal: The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a plan that would have restricted the NSA's power to gather call records and metadata on telephone customers in the United States, Politico reports.
Budget Autonomy: A House committee on Wednesday cleared legislation that would give D.C. some budget autonomy, The Washington Post reports. The bill would allow the city to spend its own taxpayer money if Congress doesn't approve the city's budget at the start of the fiscal year. It also lets D.C. establish its own fiscal calendar.